Novartis logo According to the lawsuit, Novartis sales representatives hosted tens of thousands of bogus speaker programs and "roundtables" between 2002 and 2011. (Photo: Shutterstock)

After nearly a decade of litigation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Novartis) has agreed to pay over $678 million in separate settlements to resolve claims that it systematically violated the federal False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute after the company spent more than $100 million on lavish meals, fishing junkets, golf outings, wine tastings, sporting events and speaker fees to influence thousands of doctors to prescribe its medicines.

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